Letters to the Editor

Celia Painter: Where to go without insurance?

January 24, 2015 — 

On the first of January, I made a visit to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s emergency room with shoulder pain and lack of arm usage — I needed an orthopedist — no local doctors were available in their office. The hospital had no orthopedist available at the time.

Next day my local orthopedist’s office first remark was, “I have to check with your insurance company.” Within a minute I was accepted, thanks to excellent insurance. I wondered: what would have been the fate of someone unfortunate, without insurance but in pain? Where would they go?

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Rich Ulery: Vacancies on NCCFD’s oversight committee

January 24, 2015 — 

Are you interested in the financial health of your fire department? Do you want to ensure that the tax dollars you pay for fire protection, suppression, and emergency services are spent wisely?

The Citizens Oversight Committee of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District (NCCFD) was established in 2013. Its purpose is to ensure that the tax revenue generated by the special tax measure approved by voters in 2012 is being spent by the District in accordance with the expectations of the voters.

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Don Joy: B&Bs only banned in Nevada City residential areas

January 24, 2015 — 

Contrary to Bob Nienaber’s recent letter to the editor, I don’t believe that the residents of Nevada City are opposed to Bed and Breakfast Inns. The issue is, should new B&Bs be allowed in our residential neighborhoods?

In 1994, the voters of Nevada City passed Measure G prohibiting new B&Bs in residentially zoned areas of Nevada City; read it again — residential areas. This has been the law for 20 years. B&Bs are businesses. They belong in areas that are zoned for general business; just like retail outlets, restaurants, markets, etc.

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Sally Palmer Dawley: Lazy smokers toss thousands of cigarette butts

January 24, 2015 — 

Thank you, Miriam Morris for your letter about cigarette butts in a Nevada City parking lot.

I live in downtown Auburn and walk around town. I got tired of seeing all the cigarette butts on sidewalks, in the streets and in the flower pots and beds. I started walking with a broom, dust pan and a counter. I count butts while sweeping up and then use the counter to keep track of them. My community project started on Oct. 1, 2014. In 66 days of my walks I have counted, swept up and thrown in trash cans ... ready ... 30,660 cigarette butts!

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Bigelsen committed to helping clients regain health

January 23, 2015 — 

I was a client of Josh and Dr. Harvey Bigelsen at the Biological Health Institute in 2011. They consulted with me regarding my health issue and they have provided me with exceptional service and advice.

I had suffered from a chronic sinus infection for 12 years after becoming seriously ill with the flu while pregnant with my fourth child. The infection flare-ups became more serious and more often as the years progressed, making it difficult to function normally. I saw many physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and homeopaths – you name it, I saw them. I took antibiotics over and over again, even specially formulated intranasal ones. I took herbs, remedies, had adjustments and received other treatments with no success.

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Missing: common sense

January 23, 2015 — 

Last seen 40 years ago. Destination: U.S. Congress. Never arrived!

Joann Rossovich

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This is an animal lover?

January 23, 2015 — 

I would like to respond to Marjie Costello’s letter of Jan. 17 to “wear fur and leather.”

China produces 85 percent of the fur on the planet and has no animal welfare laws to protect animals. Fur animals suffer terribly, regardless of where they are raised. They are killed by gassing, neck breaking, anal electrocution, clubbing, trapping and injection of poisons so as not to damage their pelts.

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Unfriendly Nevada City

January 22, 2015 — 

Pat yourselves on the back “Friends of Nevada City,” you just managed to make Nevada City look like the most unfriendly city in Northern California on all of our community TV news reports because of your push to block Bed-and-breakfasts.

I’m curious who the members are in this “friendly” group and why they feel they are qualified to decide what’s best for our city? Is this an open club or closed group?

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High praise for Dr. B

January 22, 2015 — 

Regarding Dr. Bigelsen, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid in the summer of 2013. The endocrinologist put me on an antithyroid drug and he told me that if the medication didn’t work, the next step would be to remove my thyroid.

I immediately went to see Dr. B. My first appointment with him lasted three hours. He was determined to help me. I was distressed that the medication was not working. None of my symptoms were relieved.

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Caregivers painted in an unfair light

January 22, 2015 — 

I am very offended by the way The Union worded the article about the jewelry theft in Nevada City. Being that there were 24-hour caregivers there does not make them guilty, and that is how I interpreted what you wrote.

I, too, am a caregiver, I have been live scanned and take much pride in helping the elderly here in Nevada County for the past 36 years.

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Fix the dam before salmon return

January 22, 2015 — 

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) provides a dependable, quality water supply to about 25,000 homes, farms, and businesses in Nevada County and Placer County.

It strives to be a good steward of the watersheds and conserve the available resources, but for decades there has been one glaring failure in its otherwise good record of stewardship — the Hemphill Dam on Auburn Ravine, three miles east of Lincoln.

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Another point of view

January 21, 2015 — 

While I certainly understand Ms. Masini’s (and the mayor’s) point regarding giving the runner-up Mr. Lamphier’s seat, I believe there is an argument for the council’s action to consider other options, i.e., if Mr. Lamphier had not run for the position others with similar viewpoints may have, and that person may have received sufficient votes to be elected to the council.

In answer to Ms. Masini’s point that “in November the people voted who they wanted to represent them,” let me point out that the majority of voters did not vote Ms. Glover into office, they voted for Mr. Lamphier (and presumably for his stated positions). To award Ms. Glover the office would be ignoring those who voted for Mr. Lamphier.

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Regional tribes

January 21, 2015 — 

My wife and I are new to the area, and had a most wonderful yet confusing experience this weekend.

We were delighted to enjoy three inspiring days of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. What a treat! While there we viewed a poignant film about the history of the plight of the local Nisenan ... and my wife even participated in an educational walk with tribal members. Then we attended the visiting Tibetan Monks fantastic event in Grass Valley. There was a continual referral to the local Maidu tribe. Our question is, what really is the local tribe of this region? I would like to hear from the greater community.

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What’s to be so proud about?

January 20, 2015 — 

In Ron Lowe’s letter of Dec. 29, he is truly proud of Obama because he was president during the slowest, costliest, and most ineffective recovery in U.S. history.

It has left real unemployment at around 10-12 percent with underemployed at another 10-15 percent. Working middle-class Americans wages are still relatively the same as before Obama’s miraculous rescuing.

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Hey, wait a minute

January 20, 2015 — 

The immediate response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre was a shared revulsion of censorship by violence and a renewed respect for freedom of speech.

After the smoke cleared, the liberals said, “Hey wait a minute,” Charlie Hebdo brought this on themselves with derisive depictions of the Prophet.

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Bigelsen a good man

January 20, 2015 — 

Like a jack-in-the-box wanting to burst out — that’s how it feels watching the ordeal Dr. Harvey Bigelsen and his family have been enduring.

We feel so helpless because we can’t turn the crank and unleash his intense desire to heal.

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Diane Masini: Glover deserves seat on city council

January 19, 2015 — 

I hope others in our community are as disgruntled with the Grass Valley City Council as I am. What audacity of them voting to solicit applications in order to fill the open city council seat. Councilman Howard Levine explained, “It is necessary to go through the application process in order to find the very best person to appoint to the open position.”

This is only two months after the November election for a position that would start Jan. 1. In November, the people voted who they wanted to represent them. For the council to choose appointing someone of their liking, is not listening to the people who voted them into office!

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Michele Spencer: An unfair characterization

January 19, 2015 — 

Regarding Valentina Parkman’s reply to Jim Firth’s recent “Politics is a brutal business,” I must say she missed the point of his opinion piece.

He was talking about the difficulty of liberal candidates attaining offices in this county, not because they don’t represent a large constituency who agree with their ideas but because of the underhanded manner in which a certain group of people continually dominate politics in this county.

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Marjie Costello: Fur and leather, a natural resource

January 17, 2015 — 

Wear fur and leather, a natural, biodegradable, renewable resource. In her Jan. 9 letter, PETA member Staci Sanders’ stated that people should only wear Aertex (a type of cotton), hemp or FLEECE.

In the dictionary, the first definition of “fleece” is “the coat of wool of a sheep or similar animal.” The second definition is “to defraud of money or property, swindle.”

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Jennifer Wyckoff Blomberg: Thanks to the community from our family

January 17, 2015 — 

I just want to thank Brian Hamilton for his wonderful and thoughtful words he said at my dad’s (Robert Wyckoff) memorial tribute (Sunday, Jan. 11) at the Miners Foundry.

Brian was gracious. He was very happy to have known and consulted with Dad for the decade or so they knew each other. I want to say thank you for being such a great editor of the local paper and being Dad’s friend. You have helped my sister and I since our loss and we appreciate you. Thank you also for having Dad be a part of The Union family, even after he actually worked in the offices of the paper. The community loved his “Timelines” series, as much as he loved preparing them for print.

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Runner-up should replace Lamphier

January 17, 2015 — 

Regarding the opening left by Terry Lamphier on the Grass Valley City Council, it seemed to me that the most logical, least expensive and the most expedient solution would be to give that seat to the runner-up!

Instead, Grass Valley City Council has chosen to by pass the voters’ second choice and open the door to the community. What are they looking for? Can they do better? By whose judgment and criteria would this new person be picked? And, I suspect you already have a few in mind.

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Inga Star vanKriedt: In appreciation of Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop

January 16, 2015 — 

Dear The Union readers, I am writing in appreciation of Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop.

They recently were given a cargo-bike frame, which they turned into a complete sport-utility bicycle. They donated their time and materials to support the Ginger Ninjas’ Bike Music Festival. The Ginger Ninjas Group dedicates itself to human–powered music and human-powered travel. I fortunately won this bike frame at the South Yuba River Music Festival this last autumn. While biking is good for our bodies and good for our home, I feel that biking deserves more lanes by Caltrans to keep us safe. I am overjoyed to win this bike, and now I can carry friends, groceries, and firewood home.

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Pat Unger: Retailers not yet required to charge for bags

January 16, 2015 — 

The City Of Grass Valley, “Single Use Plastic Carry Out Bag Ordinance”, under “Tips For Retailers”, #6, (“You” referring to the retailer) — “The Grass Valley Ordinance does not mandate that stores charge for the bags you provide. Some will use recyclable paper bags while others may have more customized bags advertising their store. The new California State law banning plastic bags requires that retailers charge their customers ten cents for every paper bag they use. The Grass Valley ordinance does not have that requirement and therefore you are under no obligation to charge for the bags you provide.”

This clearly states that Grass Valley does not mandate charges for the use of recyclable paper bags that a customer may require. The California legislature Senate Bill SB270 does not take effect until July 1, 2015.

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Janet Bullock: Let’s give credit where it’s due

January 16, 2015 — 

I am a white person, and I am unhappy that there continues to be discrimination and sometimes violence towards people of color in this country, by police. But I also believe that it is not typical of all police officers. And I think it is important to show appreciation for good police work, where it is due.

A few months ago I boarded a Gold Country bus and witnessed an argument between a local African-American passenger and a bus driver over what the passenger considered to be discrimination. The bus driver called the police, and an officer came to the scene. It was impossible to determine who was “at fault”.

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Where was Obama?

January 15, 2015 — 

France suffers one of the worst terrorist attacks on their soil in decades. In response, leaders of 40 countries go to Paris to participate in a freedom rally and are shown walking arm in arm; leaders of Israel, Pakistan, Germany, France — every country except the USA. Where was the “leader of the free world”?

Not only did our president not show, we didn’t even send the vice president or our secretary of state — no, we sent Attorney General Eric Holder who went for the meeting being held later this week, but would not march in the freedom rally with all the other heads of state. How embarrassing for our country.

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Thanks to the thoughtful writers

January 15, 2015 — 

I just read the Other Voices column by Harry B. Wyeth and I want to thank him for his excellent article to which I completely agree.

I react to letters and columns from the local conservatives in a manner described by Mr. Wyeth which usually begins with a long sigh, followed with my thoughts of, here goes another tired rant. Few on facts and long on anger and indignation, these voices repeat the same anti-government, pro-gun mantra time after time.

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Friends of Lamphier establish legal defense fund

January 15, 2015 — 

Friends of Terry Lamphier have established a legal defense fund to assist him in paying for legal fees incurred in his defense case.

They are concerned that Terry is not being given one of the most basic concepts in our system of justice: the presumption of innocence. This concept is widely held to follow from the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

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Glad Islam is a religion of peace

January 14, 2015 — 

I, for one, am glad that Islam is a peaceful religion. I can’t imagine what the world would look like today if Islam was warlike.

By the way, where are all the Buddist terrorists? Or the Episcopalian terrorists?

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Please let Dr. Bigelsen continue

January 14, 2015 — 

Dr. Bigelsen saved my life twice and this is not an exaggeration. I had a life threatening illness. I was so sick that I was spending most of my time in bed. I saw 17 doctors who were unable to help me. Then I found Dr. Bigelsen.

He healed me and helped me return to a normal life. When everyone in the medical community abandoned me and left me to live out my life in utter misery, Dr. B was my miracle worker and hero.

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Thanks from the Hangout, and to our firefighters

January 14, 2015 — 

First of all, all of us at the Hangout, especially our students, would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who responded, in a big way to the recent Hangout wishlist op-ed. We received a nearly new pool table and a large (and several smaller) monetary donation(s). Wow!

Now, on a personal note, I must express huge praise to the selfless, professional and amazing firefighters who responded to the recent fire at my residence on Jan. 9. While the exact cause is still in question, what isn’t in question is what these young men and women did to save what they could, fighting a fire that was “one of the most intense” they’d ever experienced. Folks, I’m in tears writing this, not about what I lost but about the fact that they literally risked their young lives. I’ve never been more impressed or touched by any selfless act in my life.

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